This is the website for the audio-essay "On Vanishing Land" by Justin Barton and Mark Fisher. The essay will be based on a walk that the authors took four years ago through a striking area of Suffolk coastland, starting at Felixstowe container terminal and ending at Sutton Hoo, near Woodbridge.

The work will explore connections between the ghost stories of MR James (many of which were inspired by this area of Suffolk), and Brian Eno’s On Land, whose unsettled ambience is an expression of this terrain into music: Eno grew up in Woodbridge, and track titles such as “Lantern Marsh” and “Unfamiliar Wind (Leeks Hills)” reference nearby places.

Saturday, 5 February 2011

    From "Another Green World" onwards I became interested in exaggerating and inventing rather than replicating spaces, experimenting in particular with various techniques of time distortion. This record represents one culmination of that development and in it the landscape has ceased to be a backdrop for something else to happen in front of; instead, everything that happens is a part of the landscape. There is no longer a sharp distinction between foreground and background.

    In using the term landscape I am thinking of places, times, climates and the moods that they evoke. And of expanded moments of memory too...

    Brian Eno, Sleevenotes to Ambient 4: On Land

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